InterManager Daily News 14.08.2019.

1. Capesize hit and run off Taiwan, all crew missing
Bulk carrier SASEBO GLORY is a suspect in hit&run accident, which took place early in the morning Aug 3 off Taiwan eastern coast. Bulk carrier en route from China to San Lorenzo Argentina, allegedly struck Taiwanese fishing vessel with 6 crew on board, didn’t stop and continued sailing. Fishing vessel sank, 6 crew went missing, including 5 Indonesian nationalities. Japanese Coast Guard patrol reportedly, found two drifting halves of fishing vessel, one life jacket was also found.

2. Ecuadorian seine capsized, sank in the Pacific, 37 people rescued by USCG
Purse seine MARUJITA developed portside list, capsized and sank some 336 nm SE of Clipperton islands, S of Gulf of California, on Aug 7, 37 people on board, including 25 crew and 12 Coast Guardsmen, were rescued by the US Coast Guard.

3. US ro-ro cargo ship fire, San Francisco
Fire erupted on board of US ro-ro cargo ship CAPE HENRY early in the morning Aug 12, at Pier 96 in San Francisco. Firefighters arrived at the scene at 0330 LT, and extinguished fire in just some 15 minutes. Judging from photo, fire was somewhere in superstructure. No reports on damages, one crew was taken to hospital for observation.

4. 2020 Bulkers Limited (2020) – Delivery of Bulk Sandefjord and commencement of Charter
2020 Bulkers is pleased to announce that it took delivery of the first of the eight 208,000 dwt Newcastlemax newbuildings from New Times Shipyard. Five further vessels are expected to be delivered within the next five months, and all eight vessels are expected to be delivered by May 2020.

5. Seafarers working on cruise ships and ferries rank among the unhappiest in the industry, new reports shows
The latest Seafarers Happiness Index report, published yesterday by The Mission to Seafarers, has revealed that seafarers working onboard cruise ships and ferries rank among the unhappiest in the industry. The report, which is produced in association with leading mutual P&I insurer the Shipowners’ Club, is based on the responses of thousands of seafarers across the global maritime industry. The latest report showed that cruise and ferry crews had an average score of 5.3/10 on their general happiness level – 15 per cent less than the global average across all vessel types, which stands at 6.27 this quarter.

6. MSC Ship Fined for Violating Speed Limit in Canada
Transport Canada has issued a CAD 12,000 (about USD 9,000) penalty to a containership operated by Swiss Mediterranean Shipping Company (MSC) and five other fines to vessels for non-compliance with the temporary mandatory slow down in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.

7. Report: Turkish Sailors Kidnapped off Nigeria Freed
Ten Turkish sailors, who had been kidnapped off Nigeria in mid-July, were released on August 9. The seafarers safely arrived in Turkey two days later, all of them in good health, Anadolu Agency reported. On July 13, 2019, Paksoy 1, a Turkish multipurpose (MPP) vessel, was attacked by pirates some 230 kilometers off the town of Brass. The 1997-built ship was en route to Abidjan, Ivory Coast.

8. IMC Group founder Frank Tsao dies at 94
Frank Tsao Wen-king, founder of Singapore’s IMC Group, and one of the most renowned pioneers in Asian shipping history, died in Singapore yesterday, aged 94. Born in Shanghai in 1925, Tsao started his career working in family-owned businesses in banking, shipping and trading in Shanghai and moved to Hong Kong with his family after the Second World War. In Hong Kong, he co-founded Great Southern Steamship in 1949, was one of the co-founders of the Hong Kong Shipowners Association (HKSOA) and went on to establish International Maritime Carriers (IMC) in 1966, a company that has since diversified into many sectors including commodities, yards and property.

9. Brexit now a bigger headache for DFDS: “No signs of an imminent, magical solution”
DFDS has now acknowledged that Brexit will have a far bigger impact than anticipated. This is due to factors that include the appointment of a new prime minister. “There’s lower activity, and it is taking longer than we expected,” CEO Torben Carlsen tells ShippingWatch.

10. Iran Sanctions Prompt Surge In U.S. And Venezuelan Oil Exports To India
American and Venezuelan oil exports to India have surged as a result of U.S sanctions against Iran. By targeting the Islamic Republic’s lucrative oil sector, sanctions have impaired the longstanding energy trade between New Delhi and Tehran, forcing India to diversify its energy suppliers.


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